Why does time flow faster as we age?

Have you ever heard the phrase “Time flies over us, but leaves it’s shadow behind“? Or, more importantly, have you ever felt this this way? Did you experience that a whole year, perhaps decade passed by in what you can only recall as a mere flash? If you did, perhaps you would like to know more about why this occurs, and just find that you are in control of your time more than you though.

Time, what a beautiful concept. When we have it, it is the best feeling in the world. But when we can see it slowly flowing towards an end, it is one of the worst feelings ever.

Have you ever heard the phrase “Time flies over us, but leaves it’s shadow behind”? Or, more importantly, have you ever felt this this way? Did you experience that a whole year, perhaps decade passed by in what you can only recall as a mere flash? If you did, perhaps you would like to know more about why this occurs, and just find that you are in control of your time more than you thought.

The problem is, you think you have time

-Buddha

The perspective you take when asking yourself the question of “why does time flow faster as we age” is irrelevant. Time doesn’t change it’s speed, but speed does alter our perception of time, as demonstrated by the theory of relativity, it is called time dilation.

 

But unless you plan on making an invention that is capable of getting you to such high speeds that you can watch the world fade before your very own eyes, what I’ve described above was a pointer towards those interested in this subject. Because, in fact, the answer to this dilemma is rather simple, residing in nothing more but our perception. This is a self help focused blog, so let’s keep that perspective.

Take a moment and look back on a significant day of your life. Be it happy, be it tragic, or overwhelming even. Didn’t it feel like seconds became minutes, and minutes became hours, the whole event taking an eternity to arrive, or get to an end? It probably did, as it is proven that every new experience that makes our brain have to process and assimilate more information is a key factor in how fast we feel like time flows.

You didn’t fall asleep while you were a teenager and woke up old, with a beer belly, facial hair that grows like wild grass, and a physical condition that could hardly make you run for your life in case you had to. What makes you feel that way is the simple fact that after you got somewhat adjusted to the world around you, not exposing yourself to new experiences, the years flew by at such an unbelievable velocity.

Start doing new things, meeting new people, undertaking new tasks and challenges. Travel, and always look to do and be more than yesterday, because you might just find that even though time is not on your side, you can still have plenty of it if you are conscious of how you use it.

Afterword:

Thank you for reading, perhaps you found this article helpful. In that case, don’t forget to check out more of them that  I wrote, taking a somewhat unique approach regarding self help.  If you are a new reader, welcome! 

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